Sunday 19 November 2017

WATCH - Horror for 1/100 backers as Ruby Walsh’s Listowel mount falls at final fence

Bamako Moriviere (Ruby Walsh) comes down at the last with the John F McGuire Beginners Chase at his mercy in Listowel. Photo: Racing Post
Bamako Moriviere (Ruby Walsh) comes down at the last with the John F McGuire Beginners Chase at his mercy in Listowel. Photo: Racing Post
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Annie Power’s Cheltenham fall in 2015 saved the bookies fortunes but one felt compelled to pay out on another Ruby Walsh mount as a winner yesterday, even after it crashed out at the last at Listowel when well-clear.

Tralee man Phillip Enright had a moment to treasure riding his first winner at Listowel, aboard Alto Esqua in the maiden chase. Market rival Roconga fell early, while hot favourite Capital Force came down four out, leaving the Walsh (right) and Bamako Moriviere in  command.

Willie Mullins’ 11/4 shot only had to jump the last to ensure victory but misjudged it, much to the cost of those who were involved in over €12,000 being matched on Betair at the betting exchange’s basement price of 1/100. Usually, in a chase, this price is not taken until a horse has safely negotiated the final fence.

Paddy Power paid out on Bamako Moriviere as a winner, a so-called “justice payout” – singles and multiples with no limit on the stake. “If you get it on a plate you have to take it,” said winning trainer Charles Byrnes.

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